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Key Stage One

Mrs Fernandes - Deputy Head TeacherRebecca Fernandes - Deputy Head Teacher

I have a few different roles in school - I am Deputy Headteacher and Special Needs Co-ordinator, but my most enjoyable role is being Year Two’s Class Teacher, working alongside Mrs Addison. I really enjoy working with the children in school, they are so keen to learn, even if things don’t always go as planned - like our science experiments! I love history and finding out about the past, so Topic lessons are definitely my favourite. But then again, I love to sing too, although I’m not quite sure whether my class love my singing…

As a little girl, my favourite author was Jeremy Strong, in particular I enjoyed reading Hundred Mile an Hour Dog and There’s a Pharaoh in the Bath; the illustrations in the books are excellent. Now I enjoy reading a wide range of books, I find it helps me to relax after a busy day, in particular I like those that have a happy ending.

When not in school, I like to travel and I have been lucky enough to visit some incredible places from the Egyptian pyramids to Times Square in New York, but one of my favourite places is the West Coast of Scotland which is beautiful, I hope to one day spot the Loch Ness monster! I also love to cook and I am regularly in my kitchen trying to bake my favourite recipe …triple chocolate cake.


Michelle Addison - HLTA

I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and I work in Year Two alongside Mrs Fernandes.

I enjoy working in Key Stage One, welcoming the children from Early years and watching them grow in personality and gain independence in the two school years they are with us is really rewarding for me.

As a HLTA one of my favourite subjects to teach is Topic. I enjoy teaching the history element of the curriculum as I love seeing the children’s faces light up with excitement when learning about the past and the amazing questions and answer sessions that this brings.

When not at Hartside my favourite thing to do is spend time with my family, travelling is also a huge part of my life both abroad and in this country with our motorhome as I love visiting new places.

Any spare time I then have left is when you will find me engrossed in a book. Reading has always been a passion of mine and I cannot walk past an old book shop without going in and coming out with a book in hand. Our loft is filled with boxes of books and our study is floor to ceiling books. My wish is to one day live in an old Victorian house with a huge library - well I can dream and hope that Mr Addison reads this! Classic novels are my favourite with Bram Stoker and Jules Verne being among my author of choice, however I am a closet J K Rowling fan and adore Harry Potter. Professor Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange are my favourite characters and as the Addison children will tell you I cried when I entered Harry Potter World in Orlando an embarrassing fact which I am in no doubt they will never let me forget.


Emily Coburn - TA

My name is Miss. Coburn and I am a Special Needs Teaching Assistant working between Year 1 and Year 2. I love working with the children in Key Stage 1 and share their enthusiasm for learning. My passion in school is seeing the children progress and sharing the joys in their achievements. 

Although, I’m not a big reader of fiction books I’ve usually got my head down reading strange articles and learning new facts. I especially love exploring languages and cultures. I was born in The Netherlands and went to school there until I was 8,  I then came to live in Weardale. My favourite subject as a child was History. During my infants under the Montessori schooling system I would often choose to learn biology or geography as the world fascinates me. 

I’ve had to adapt to a few different schooling systems in my life but have to say working at Hartside Primary is definitely one of my favourites! 

I love travelling and have been lucky enough to have been to Asia several times and have seen quite a few countries in Western Europe. I am very family orientated and spend most of my spare time running around after my son Jazey, who is 4. We love to read stories together, do lots of walking and get really messy with arts and crafts. 

Jan Blakey - Class Teacher

I am a teacher and I work in Year One.

I have taught at Hartside in the past but returned in November 2016 to Year One after working in other Durham schools for a while.  I soon discovered there were no other schools quite like ours and knew I had to come back. 

I really enjoy working in Year One because I can see how much they change and progress in such a short space of time, I love their sense of fun and seeing their faces when they learn something new. I feel privileged to be part of that.

My favourite subject to teach is writing. I love to see children immersed in imaginary worlds, for them to question and discover and for them to become confident authors as their skills develop.

When I am outside of school, I spend as much time as I can with my family, friends and my handsome little pup ‘Murdoch’. I will travel to another country or place whenever it is possible.  I have been to many distant countries which include staying in the jungles of Borneo, with Hilltribes in Thailand, rice farmers in remote areas of China and in a tent in the middle of the Okavango Delta. I have had many exciting adventures, (some of which have been quite scary) but I would like to have so many more.  I also enjoy visiting all of the beautiful places around the UK in my touring caravan, Murdoch adores that too.

I love nature, learning about wildlife and conservation. My dream, hopefully in the near future, is to spend the summer holidays as a volunteer for a conservation project abroad with orangutans, gorillas, sloths, turtles or sharks.  I would also like to teach children in remote areas of Africa, South America or India where they are not as fortunate as us in the UK.

 Richard Pratt - TA

Hello, I’m a Teaching Assistant within Key Stage 1. I am a lively, outgoing and enthusiastic young person who enjoys coming to work and knowing that I’m making a difference to a child’s early life. I started here as a volunteer in 2014 within EYFS and year 6, then after a short while I was asked if I would like a full time job as the SEND TA in key stage 1. I was so excited that I had been given this opportunity here at Hartside as the school has always been close to my own heart as I came here myself as a child. I have now been here for over 2 two years and love the fact that each day can bring a different challenge, it’s not just the children who learn here, we do too! I am very interested in trying to get children into reading as I am dyslexic - I never got the chance to find out how fun reading can be as a child. Also I don’t hide the fact I suffer from dyslexia because I feel children should know that even if they have a difficulty they can still achieve. I love to sing (but can’t very well) and one of the highlights of my singing year is the Eurovision song contest, one day we will win again! I have started a singing club within the school for key stage 2.